Feb 26, 2013 9:00am EST
drones to a green fleet, i expect similar policies to continue for my former colleague chuck hagel to be confirmed, hopefully as early as next week. for all these reasons i have long been a supporter of renewable fuels, and i encourage the further development of an industry that is important, both to our national security as well as to our farm economy. whether we're talking food or water or energy security, let me put it this way. in the future, more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as our defense capabilities are, we also need to rebalance for the other free d's. the u.s. today spends more on defense than on diplomacy, democracy and developments all put together. meanwhile, in the past year, china has more than doubled its investment in developing new agricultural technologies. those are the kinds of farsighted policies that are enabling china to emerge as a world power, in which we, frankly, need to get back to. as we shift our focus and our resources towards smarter, more constructive forms of international interaction, it'
Feb 26, 2013 12:00pm EST
postcloture time be yielded back and the senate proceed to vote on the nomination of chuck hagel without intervening action or debate, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate, that no further motion be in order, president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action, and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate stands in recess until the senate finance committeel approved the name of jack lew of treasury secretary. iowa senator chuck grassley voted against the nomination, citing lew's role in citigroup during the bailout. here is what some of what senator grassley had to say. >> finally, mr. lew, i'm concerned about the attitude of this administration, supporters criticize the senate usually anonymously, exercising basic due diligence regarding this nominee. they don't like anyone questioning them and they don't like answering questions. despite their tactics we must continue to perform their senate vital
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and is the real lesson of when you abandon a political party as chuck hagel did with the republicans and a lesson of payback in politics? >> i think it is. you know, it's loyalty. it's breaking the omerita. it's a guy who was a ten years ago considered even a leading candidate for the republican presidential nomination and went against his own president and party and even worse than that was actually right, i think, about what he said. in other words, one of the big ironies now and seeing now with the debate over hagel is if you look at the things he was saying in 2002 and 2003, a lot of it was about avoiding excess cost. the excess costs of a war that he said was unnecessary, namely iraq. here's a guy that's savvy about what he's called a bloated pentagon budget coming in at a time when the pentagon budget has to be cut so it's interesting to see whether, you know, down the line after all of this bad blood he gets credit for that. >> michael, i loved the end of your article in "the national journal." you write in washington one is forgiven many things. being right is another matter. for too many
Feb 26, 2013 4:00am PST
on whether to end the filibuster on chuck hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. hagel is expected to be confirmed. >>> more evidence suggests that the secret to heart health is what you need. a just-published study finds eating a mediterranean style diet with nuts, olive oil, even some wine cuts cardiovascular death rights by 30%. spanish researchers ended the study early about five years into it, saying it would be unethical not to end the study. >>> okay, finally, a rap video featuring flashy cars, women in tight clothes, suggestive dancing, not unusual, but this rapper is 9 years old. unusual and using lyrics like coke is not a bad word. child welfare workers are taking a closer look at li'l poopy's youtube video. the boy's father told a boston tv station his son has done nothing wrong and police have not filed criminal charges or arrested the boy's father. a lawyer says it's freedom of speech. >> we have a lawyer on our panel, natalie jackson, outside the craziness, he's 9. that nice red car, he can't thrive that. the jewelry down to the belly button. i mean, child endangermen